Sunday, October 31, 2010

Live Music

As we've been traveling around the country searching for city to live in we've got the chance to hear some good bands. We saw Deer Tick in Austin at a good little club, and just saw Deerhunter at the Fine Line in Minneapolis. What's with all the deer?

It's been good to hear bands live again, to see how they handle the mysterious task of creating, communicating and sometimes disappearing into the music.

In the past when I heard bands I'd usually want to be up there playing, or I'd feel depressed because I wasn't there. And then when I was playing out I'd miss hearing bands.

At this point I'm enjoying the gift of hearing and content where I'm at, performing very little but writing and recording a bit more again.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

God on Scale

I imagine God saying something like"

"You humans get so worked up about scale, distance, weight, etc. Why? You should be impressed by what really matters. These things can be helpful in cultivating a sense of awe and humility, but their substance is less than many things you overlook daily."

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Drinks and Babies

Some of us fiercely want our work to be meaningful. To make a lasting difference. We agonize about this. We long and struggle for it.

A while back some friends, Christa and I had pina coladas with pineapple, coconut and ginger infused something. They were excellent.

We talked coconuts and how what we were drinking could have become another coconut tree -- or it could have been (and in this case was) harvested to become a drink for a group of Virginian twertysomethings.

Both are good options. Both can be bad. Which is meaningful? Which makes a lasting difference, though?

Sometimes I want the work I do to produce babies, that is grow into something else that last and reproduces. Sometimes I just want to make, have or share a good drink. Both can be meaningful. Both can make a difference. ("If you give a drink to the least of these..")

I'm praying, hoping and working on trusting that God will take my ideas and my work and let the coconuts that need to grow into new trees do so, and the ones that need harvested -- well let them be turned into good drinks and enjoyed!

Again, I think so much rides on who you're working for.